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Many companies will not pay the added expense of flying out of HDN. I had to move to Denver for 1.5 years because the consulting company I worked for would not fly me to clients in Texas from HDN. The math makes sense Scott, but not everybody thinks in those terms. And I've had to rent one-way cars for $160 just to get home after flights were cancelled, which has only happened in the summer (annoying). Yes I make status and most times it's quicker for me to fly out of HDN. But I really believe we need to get another airline flying out of here in the summer, not just United. Dallas on American would have been a much better choice that Houston.
Another annoying fact about HDN (other then we have to pay for parking): They recently stopped returning carry-ons at the ramp the last few flights I was on. If I wanted to wait around the airport for another 30 minutes, I would have checked my bags! Now I stuff my bag under the seat in front of me to make sure that I get my bag when I get off the plane. Because after you've been traveling for 10 hours (3-4 layover in DEN waiting for at 9:30 flight that is always delayed), the last thing you want to do is wait another 30 minutes and get home at 1am.
And it's annoying that we have to pay for parking, which impacts only locals! The rate is similar to Denver parking, so what's the advantage? I sometimes drive to Eagle because it's free parking, similar fares and much easier drive than Denver. And if you want to expand summer services, please get another airline involved. I have tons of United miles, but they don't always have efficient routes. If you added flights from American, it would give locals much more diversity of routes and a foothold into the Caribbean, Central and South America.
It's nice that their Homefacts website is incorrect. What makes you think the rest of their analysis is going to be correct? Take a look at the Zrankings and you'll see some pretty bad data in there too. Their snowfall rating takes into account "snow preservation" the amount of north facing terrain. Abasin, loveland, vail and summit have better snow than we do - Right! And their family resort score puts us in 12th place. I guess kids ski free, a great ski school and our other amenities are not in the mix. This analysis is terrible. Maybe they should stick with foreclosure ratings or hire somebody better to do this type of analysis.
And if you think people in Steamboat are not price sensitive, the recycling at Safeway was full at 4:30 Friday afternoon.
The only times it is bad is during high traffic weeks when we are at 100% lodging. And it's really not that bad. So you have to drive around the block to get a spot. If the employees are taking their businesses prime spots, then that should be up to them to police. Back to the 100% housing: Unless we are going to up lodging beds another 25%, then there is nothing to plan for given our current parking. With more people coming during more weeks, it will happen more often, but really its not that bad. The only thing antiquated about this situation is that the city has yet to implement this as a revenue source. And if you want to be like Vail or Telluride, then give us free parking at the airport!
If you charge for parking, you will keep locals from coming down - I promise. And it's not the shopping that will take the hit but the restaurants. All of us locals eat/drink out more that we shop and paid parking is a hassle and an added expense. Next thing you know we will be paying for "free" concerts as well as admission to the rubber ducky race, winter carnival, bike parking and the farmers market. We have a free bus system, spend a little money advertising that in the paper for tourists and it will be an easier, cheaper way to get this done.
Who is demanding that you dump your guns? That has never been part of the issue. Nobody has ever asked for anybody to turn in lawfully acquired guns. If you own a gun, you can keep them and all the ammo you want. Now if you want to go buy a automatic rifle with a huge magazine, you'll need to get a background check and smaller magazine. I'm sure you would pass the check with no problems. But if somebody has a history of violence or mental history, they don't get a gun. That's fair.
Please tell me what limber mills, logging operations, power plants, etc have been shut down. The last time I looked, the energy companies are not having issues drilling everywhere possible, except the ANWR.
Fred, Those issues don't shut down the government. And I'll remind you that GW Bush was master of "my way or the highway". There was no negotiating with Dems on a lot of issues that were forced on them - tax breaks again and again, wars again and again. We didn't shut down the government to get our way. Maybe we should have though after the severe economic impacts of two wars, tax cuts and deregulation. How would you like it if one of your supervisors shut down work for a few days so they could get concessions from you? You'd probably fire them the first day, right?
Scott, good points.
And as a general point, nobody is trying to take away your guns or large magazines. Gun checks and magazine limitations are targeted to reduce mass murder. A study published last month shows that high gun ownership does not make a country safer, "the US, with the most guns per head in the world, has the highest rate of deaths from firearms, while Japan, which has the lowest rate of gun ownership, has the least."
In reality, the recall showed that Citizens United is having a huge impact across our nation. The NRA spent over $400,000 to recall those individuals. The senators obviously did not have the same deep pockets to counter. As we go into the third day of the shutdown, we need to remember that the majority rules in this country through public elections. In turn, the minority should not be able to threaten their way into running the government. Sorry Kevin, but it's not "liberal, Front Range, New York and Washington agendas" it the majority of people that voted this government into office. Keep voicing your opinion, vote in the next elections and maybe the tide will turn. But for now, we all need to act like civilized people even though we don't always agree.
Finding common ground on spending cuts is one thing, defunding a program that is already law is another. Holding the country hostage because you don't like a law is childish and irresponsible behavior. Previous to the tea party, the debt ceiling and budget processes were bipartisan affairs. There is no precedent to this in modern American politics. The legislative process is in place for a reason. Laws are passed, or not, because we agree on them and move forward. I argue that the Affordable Care Act is incomplete because of negotiations and compromise that made it the way it is now. But that's the way it goes. Democrats were not happy with the Bush tax cuts, but they didn't shut the country down to get their way. And, Ted Cruz's grandstanding did nothing but give him prime spotlight that he's looking for in the next presidential election - then he actually voted for it! I say the republican actions are ridiculous and they are sore losers. If you really want to reduce spending, why is the focus only on this one issue? BTW, Republicans have successfully defunded many programs and recently cut food stamps, sending more people into poverty.
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